Jacksons on George - Commercial Refurbishment

Jacksons on George is an iconic Sydney Pub yet to be transformed as part of a larger masterplan to the central city precinct. Located south of Circular Quay along the soon to be revitalised George Street,  a dialogue is formed between the site with the surrounding new residential towers, hotels, commercial facilities, and community buildings. 

Dunn & Hillam Architects was invited by Lend Lease to take part in this Design Excellence competition to refurbish this iconic building. Even though we were not the chosen team for this project, we remain proud of the ideas contained within our proposal and appreciated this opportunity to think about the public life of our city. 

The design proposal reinterprets the architectural language of the traditional Australian pub verandah and returns the full meaning of pub, to its original Public House. By using materials of cast iron lacework and tiles, and by presenting the ground floor as an open continuation of the public square, the design offers a contemporary Public House extending the new Public Plaza. Our approach emphasises the hospitality of the Pub and the egalitarian nature of the Plaza. A strong correlation between the open space of the Plaza and all levels of the proposed pub is shown via the use of openings and cut outs at the street level, verandahs around the first floor level and roof terraces.